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Time for an Update

August 12, 2016 — Michael Schiller

12-AUG-2016

Well, I haven't posted an update in a while, so I thought I might as well post one now. Not a whole lot is happening. The job of Webmaster fell thru, it seems the club member that was doing it before decided to keep on doing it. I think when he heard how fast the club had a replacement for him, and that they didn't beg him to continue made him change his tune!

I got a 3D printer and have been playing around with it, learning how to use it, getting used to how the different plastics act, and so on. The most common plastic is an organic one called PLA, it's fairly hard, but very brittle, so it's mostly good for items that are for display, not for real working parts. For making working parts most people use ABS plastic, but it supposedly puts out some bad vapors while using it, and so needs lots of ventilation, and it's hard to get it to stick to the bed of the printer, so I've yet to use ABS. Instead I've been using a different (and possibly newer?) plastic called PETG which is very similar to PET which is what most soda bottles are made from. PETG is about as strong as ABS, but without the problems of ABS. One really cool thing about 3D printers is that they can make parts to make themselves! In fact, I didn't like the design of the extruder on my printer (the part the moves the plastic filament into the hot end of the printer) so I downloaded an alternative extruder designed for my printer, and I'm going to install it on the printer one of these days.

My granddaughter is growing like a weed, but unfortunately due to the fact that my back is still in bad shape I can't pick her up! I can hold her if I'm sitting down and somebody puts her in my lap, which is what I do when she comes over to visit, but other than that, it's up to my mother to take care of her when she's here, and that really makes me feel strange, after all, my mother is almost 80 years old, and she has to do all the work of watching the baby, and there's not much I can help out with :( I've got an appointment with yet another surgeon, hopefully he'll have some good news for me, as I've been living in pain now for so long I don't remember what it's like to have a day without it! Well, I could go on, and on, so that's it for now, until later...

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